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Maersk Drilling names new ultra-harsh environment jackup

Posted on 24 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Drilling has named a new ultra-harsh environment jackup, Maersk Intrepid, in a ceremony at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore. Maersk Intrepid is the first in a…

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Precision Drilling signs new international contracts, increases 2014 CAPEX plan

Posted on 24 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Precision Drilling has signed a multi-year contract for a Super Triple newbuild, ST-2000 rig that will be delivered in Q4 late this year. In Mexico, the company has also signed…

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Halliburton launches well testing system for wireless control of downhole tools, measurements

Posted on 21 March 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Halliburton has released the RezConnect well-testing system for wireless control of downhole drill stem test tools (DST), measurement and analysis of well-test data in real time. Previously, control of DST…

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OSRL opens Brazil base housing subsea capping stack

Posted on 14 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL), a global response cooperative funded by some 160 oil and energy companies, has opened a new base in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. The base houses…

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Petrobras confirms deepwater discovery in Potiguar Basin


Posted on 13 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras has completed drilling wildcat well 1-BRSA-1205-RNS (1-RNS-158), also known as Pitu, and has confirmed the discovery of intermediate oil (24º API)…

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Energy XXI to add significant assets through EPL merger

Posted on 12 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Energy XXI has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of EPL Oil & Gas for a total consideration of $2.3 billion, including the assumption…

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Dual-gradient system ensures quality cement job in North Sea well

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Offshore formations characterized by weakness, shallow-gas hazards, porous sand and other issues present challenges that can result in lost time, cost increases and even…

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OMV deploys first continuous circulation system in northern Iraq

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances

Exploration wells drilled in the southern flank of the Zagros Range Fold Belt in northern Iraq are subject to major fluid losses. The limestones and dolomitic limestones…

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Drilling & Completions Tech Digest

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, March/April

Chevron Energy Technology Co and GE Oil & Gas have created the Chevron GE Technology Alliance, which will develop and commercialize technologies to solve critical issues…

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Drilling Ahead: When bad things happen to good teams

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Why do bad things happen to teams with stellar safety histories? Why is it that a rig can go along for years with outstanding HSE metrics, then one day, seemingly out of the…

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